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Grateful Dead Live at Masonic Temple on 1979-01-21


Topics Live concert


Sugaree, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, They Love Each Other, BIODTL (21 beats), Dire Wolf, Looks Like Rain, Brown-Eyed Women, Minglewood Blues, Friend of the Devil, Jackstraw, Deal Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Stella Blue-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Masonic Temple
Location Detroit, MI

Source Audience Recording
Lineage Unknown AUD>?>SHN
Taped by
Transferred by

Notes

Editing: SHN>WAV>CE2K>CDWAVE>shntool>mkwACT. Edited & seeded to etree by MattMan.

NOTES:
-This audience recording is marginal at best, but does reproduce a super show (not just because it was my first Dead show!) that should be of interest to collectors.
-The recording has undergone some DSP that includes EQ and NR (I found a nice piece of hiss to formulate a decent sample). Even though its still hissy, it was very hissy before the NR.
-Most of the tracks in Set 2 are cut at their end.
-The show occurred in the dead cold of Mid-West winter, and started late as the crowd waited over an hour outside for the doors to open. To compensate, the Dead played a lively and energetic show--"The winter was so hard and cold". Donna was absent.
-The show occurred in the Main Theatre of the Masonic Temple, one of the finest public halls in the United States, having a seating capacity of about 4,500 that produced a very intimate contact between audience and stage. The decorative treatment of the auditorium has considerable detail adapted from the Venetian Gothic, and the general tone is gold which has been enlivened with red and blue to produce a quiet richness of color seldom attempted in this type of work. A great deal of careful study was given to the acoustical treatment of this room which has produced an auditorium where the hearing qualities are perfect from every seat. This is the only time the Grateful Dead played this theatre.
-Thanks to Teri "RamblinRose" for the source SHNs.

Reviews

Reviewer: deadheadnedwhite - - January 24, 2015
Subject: we're Deadheads, folks !
we listen through the noise. (remember cassette tapes & multi gen copies?)

this recording is FINE. there's scarcely any aud chatter or noise.

so just relax and enjoy a good show. Terrapin does have some tasty treats.
Reviewer: njpg - - January 21, 2015
Subject: -
Sound is pretty bad, but listenable if you acclimate yourself. I didn't, though. My feeling is it's pretty good, not great enough to listen into.
Reviewer: mlewie - - June 8, 2014
Subject: I was there
Wow. I just found this site and now have chills listening to what was my first Dead show some 37 years ago. I was new to Dead back then and knew almost none of the songs but became a big fan afterwards. One thing I remember -- Masonic Auditorium was a beautiful facility (still is) but it wasn't a big rock and roll venue. The house demanded that people stay seated during the concert. The Dead Heads would dutifully obey for a few minutes but couldn't contain themselves for too long. Finally, one would shout, jump up, and start dancing. Almost immediately, ushers would run and tell them to sit down when another Head would do the same on the other side of the Theater. It was like the ushers were playing Wackamole. God I loved this show.
Reviewer: rdwkzoo - - February 21, 2013
Subject: My first show
This was my first Dead show, a friend dragged me along. By halfway through the second set I was hooked.
Reviewer: cheesydeadphish - - January 21, 2013
Subject: Great Show...But....
I agree with another reviewer, this show obviously kicked ass! But, the recording here is poor enough that even I won't listen to it. I would normally never give a Dead show a 1 star (even a crappy Dead show is still light years above anything else), but the recording on this is forcing my hand.
Reviewer: beatitondownonline - - May 29, 2011
Subject: Just the guys
Checking out the Donna-less shows (11-30-73, 12-01-73, 12-02-73, 12-04-73, 12-06-73, 12-08-73, 12-10-73, 12-12-73, 12-18-73, and 12-19-73.

7-17-76 she's there 2nd set

1-20-79, 1-21-79)

I love to hear the guys covering her parts e.g. Jerry on Estimated.
Reviewer: furthurfried - - November 8, 2010
Subject: masonic temple...coincedence ha yea right
i think the reason donna jean isnt there is because females arent used in masonic rituals...like the ones held today in the bohemian grove with mickey hart and bob weir in attendance bunkin with bush senoir....do some research people...the grateful dead were part of something way bigger and darker than all the porch masons or masons children are led to beleive...dont get me wrong i love the deads music...but look up the definition of free masonry and make your own conclusions and listen to all the songs with a grain of salt because there is alot to learn from the dead...once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right....LOOK AT IT RIGHT
Reviewer: feather0926 - - September 22, 2010
Subject: odd venue
I like this show.Nothing really stands out in terms of performance I think I just dig the idea of the Dead playing COLD Detroit in mid January. Plus Masonic Hall is a VERY odd place for a Dead show. And one more thing- no Donna where did she go? I will give it 4 stars just for the heck of it.
Reviewer: H^) - - September 22, 2010
Subject: The real deal
The show opened an hour late, not usual for the Dead. 1st set performed and everyone was saying "where's Donna"? At the first break, Donna came out on stage and walked up to the microphone (turned off at the time). She tried a couple of other mics (also off)... A TOTAL HUSH fell over the auditorium, and she walked to the edge of the stage and said "quiet everybody, quiet please) as if she wanted to speak. I heard it clearly from the very back of the auditorium. Of course everybody started laughing at the thought that she'd talk over a whole crowd of Dead Heads with no microphone. Unseen by her, a BIG roadie snuck up from behind her and dragged her off the stage, kicking all the way. No Donna second set either, and Keith didn't look too happy either. Never found out what's up with that... and will never forget it either...
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - June 1, 2005
Subject: Sounds at least 26 years old...But one of the more consistent shows of the run.
Well, we've come to the end of the NE Winter '79 run. Last show of an up and down run. Shows/snippets that are Must listens include: 2nd set of 1/5, and 1/10, "He's Gone" on through 1/11, "Dancin" through "NFA" on 1/12, "Estimated" through "Around" on 1/14, the jammier sections of the 1/17 2nd Set, and the 30 minutes of bliss on 1/20...

1st Set: "Sugaree" - Passionately sung by Jerry."Uncle-> River"'s some good ol' fun. "TLEO" is standard. "BIODTL" & "Dire" increase the vibe that this gig's taking place in a snug, intimate venue. Everyone just feels close to each other. "LLR" is fine, but the spirit of "Brown" feels especially genuine this evening. "Minglewood" is pushing the overplayed label but this version is better than the previous few nights. "FOTD" is appropriately sadly withdrawn. "Jack" is decent if not thunderous. "Deal" closes this better than average winter '79 1st set with assured flair.

2nd Set: Their first 'Samson' smokes right on by... "Terrapin" continues on a strong determined path despite lacking an outro jam. Thankfully, "Playin" has a head of steam, confidently chugs its way through the written song. A tight, exploratory jam that refreshingly ends with droplets emerging from the drummers' faucet. "Space" could have ended either way... go the 11/1 route with "OO" or "Truckin". They choose the 'T' and despite some early sound distortions, it's standard. They're in-sync, but seem to lack a certain extroverted powerful element. There's not much fight remaining which is why "Stella" is an appropriate choice. A gorgeous outro jam by Garcia leads into a reassuring but still slightly tired "Good Lovin." The run closes unremarkably with "US Blues."
(2nd Detroit show in a row with an abbreviated 2nd set, 3 plus 3, with US encore.)
Reviewer: TenemosRhodes - - March 3, 2005
Subject: great show
This is an excellent show. I dig the sound quality and there is a nice vibe to the entire recording. The Playin' is awesome!!
Reviewer: pnc - - January 21, 2005
Subject: Too Bad...
This show obviously rocked! Seems very upbeat. Too bad this recording is so bad...however some of you die hard Aud enthusiasts might like it.

Maybe there is a better recording out there somewhere...
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